July 8-9 Stakes Recap

A recap of non-graded stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Cynthia Allen's Sr Shambles dominated his opposition in the last of three Heartland Futurity trials at Indiana Grand. PHOTO: Linscott Photography

 

Following is a recap of all official American Quarter Horse stakes for the week of July 8-9. For recaps of graded stakes, Bank of America Racing Challenge events, and stakes with purses of $100,000 or more, see the individual recap stories in the Racing News section. This page will be updated throughout the week.

Delta Downs
B And G Fast Dash led at every call en route to a clear 3 1/2-length win in Saturday's $50,000 Live Oak Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred distance specialists.

Owned by Oscar Rohne and Mary G. Thompson's Mo Racing, B And G Fast Dash was sent to post as the 7-10 favorite and covered 870 yards in :45.973. Donald Watson rode the 5-year-old Heza Fast Dash gelding for trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr.

B And G Fast Dash was bred by B & G Group Investments Inc. Raced exclusively in Louisiana, he has won seven of 21 outs, and his three career stakes victories include a wire-to-wire, 5 1/2-length score in last year's Live Oak. The $30,000 winner's share of this year's Live Oak purse bumped his earnings to $180,870.

Dashing With Courage, Im Mighty Fast, Game Own, Rakin In The Jax, Agoutis Snowplow, and First Prize Chad completed the order of finish.

Everardo Rodriguez rode Magic Black Jack to a one-length victory in Saturday's 220-yard, $50,000 Flying Breed Stakes (R) for state-bred sprinters.

Prepped by Martin Trejo for owner Ana Lilia Alvidrez, Magic Black Jack tripped the timer in :11.466. In additiion to recording a 118 speed index, the the 4-year-old Jet Black Patriot gelding broke the previous track record of :11.741 set by Jessjinging in an allowance dash on June 12, 2015.

Magic Black Jack was bred by Willie Salard. The black gelding has banked $214,846 from 10 starts, and his five wins include a three-quarter length victory on a muddy track in the 2015 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) at Louisiana Downs.

Heasablackmagic ran second, a half of a length in front of Sweet Bru. Cute Mic Jagger, Scoopies Leaving You, Big Daddy Bux, Gt Divalicious, Tellem Im Pumped, and Heza Fast Wokatee completed the order of finish.

David Dunn's Jet Black Rogue, the 4-5 favorite, took the measure of her nine opponents in Saturday's $50,000 Flashy Hemp Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred distaffers.

Prepped by Michael Taylor and ridden by John Hamilton, Jet Black Rogue covered 330 yards in :16.474, and her winning margin was a neck from 10-1 longshot Punctuality. The $30,000 winner's share of the purse from her second lifetime stakes victory bumped the 4-year-old mare's earnings to $453,101.

Jet Black Rogue was bred by Triple M Farms LLC and was a $30,000 buy at the 2014 Louisiana QHBA Yearling Sale. The mare has won six of 14 outs, including last year's 400-yard, $275,000 Louisiana QHBA Derby (R) at Evangeline Downs.

Jet Black Presence finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Jet Black Rogue, and was followed by Rbd Jessaswingin, Jess A Little Star, Tf Ms Perrys Runaway, San Lorenzo Lady, Sheza Streakin Class, Fast Dash Chicks, and Fast Dashin Dee.

Second Down Leaving was a prompt 2-1 favorite in Saturday's $50,000 Louisiana Juvenile Invitational Stakes (R) for state-bred 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Manuel Gutierrez and aided by a reported 10-mph tail wind, Second Down Leaving went 350 yards in :17.219 while recording a 102 speed index. Javier Contreras saddled the bay son of Coronas Leaving You for owners Eulalio Argote and Victor Alvarado.

Second Down Leaving was purchased for $26,000 at last year's Louisiana QHBA Yearling Sale. The gelding was bred by Grant Farms LLC, and he made his debut with a half-length win in a Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1) trial on June 17.

Second Down Leaving is out of Second Down Perry, a winning 12-year-old mare by champion Mr Jess Perry. His second dam, the First Down Dash mare Royal Down Dash, was the sport's champion 3-year-old in 1993.

Second Down Leaving has earned $37,200 from two races.

Shesa Diamond Diva, Shez Dead Serious, Jrs Natural Runaway, Mary Faye, Cold Brown Bottle, Jezz Chick, Going Hot, Jrs Egos Runaway, and Lrh Cajun Invader completed the order of finish.

Fair Meadows at Tulsa
A $15,000 claiming winner during the Remington Park spring meet, Green D Ranch LLC's Sexy And I Know It B earned his first career stakes victory in Saturday's 350-yard, $17,150 Fair Meadows Maturity.

Sexy And I Know It B defeated Vf Eyebaman by 1 1/4 lengths in :17.508 on a muddy track. Jose Vega rode the 5-year-old gray Apollitical Jess gelding for trainer Miguel Banuelos.

Sexy And I Know It B was bred in Oklahoma by Bielau Oaks of Weimar, Texas. Campaigned in Oklahoma and Iowa, he has won seven of 17 races, and the $10,230 winner's share of the Fair Meadows Maturity purse bumped his earnings to $70,039.

Apollitical Man, the 19-10 favorite in the field of 10, finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Sexy And I Know It B. Another Desire, Swype, Load Your Guns, Ryder, Mr James Quick, Country Mans Jazz, and Cotton Beck completed the order of finish.

Indiana Grand
This track presented an eight-race all-Quarter Horse program on Saturday. Tommy The Train, a gelded son of Freighttrain B and the 3-1 second choice, earned his second career stakes victory in the $81,500 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby for 3-year-olds.

 
Tommy The Train broke Indiana Grand's
400-yard track record in Saturday's
$81,500 Indiana Grand QHRAI Derby.
PHOTO: Linscott Photography

Ridden by James Flores, Tommy The Train defeated 3-10 favorite Jess Kool Lady by 2 1/4 lengths in :19.324 while recording a 109 speed index and breaking by 33/1000ths of a second the 400-yard track record previously held by My Royal Wagon. Larry Sharp prepped the bay gelding for owners Jon Barley, Brant Barley, and Brad Sharp.

"He's a pleasure to ride," said Flores. "I helped break this horse when he was a yearling, and he's always been one of my favorites."

"I wasn't sure if he could handle 400 yards, but it didn't seem to bother him," said Larry Sharp. "He's always calm, even in the barn. Nothing seems to bother him. He eats and sleeps a lot. We'll bring him back up this fall for the (QHRAI) Derby in October."

Tommy The Train was bred in Missouri by Duane Murphy, and he is a half brother to 2015 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) winner Sudden Separation. He has won six of 10 starts and he has banked $151,413, and his four wins in as many outs at this track include a nose victory as the 6-5 favorite in last year's 350-yard, $139,000 Governor's Stakes.

Inundated, Send Corona, American Hustler, Favorite Sissy, Eyema Texas Cowboy, First To Fall, Trophy Wife B, and Ballistic Jess completed the order of finish.

Wh Kenny G outran his 36-1 odds to win Saturday's 400-yard, $52,900 Bradford Stakes.

Under jockey Harold Collins, Wh Kenny G defeated Tf Jess A Leader by a neck in :19.778. The sorrel Gold Medal Jess gelding races for Robert A. Ray and trainer Ron Brown.

 
Harold Collins, Indiana Grand's all-time
leading Quarter Horse jockey, rode
longshot Wh Kenny G to victory in
Saturday's Bradford Stakes. PHOTO:
Linscott Photography

“Ron told me before the race to ride him like I own him,” said Collins, Indiana Grand’s all-time leading Quarter Horse jockey by wins. “We had to wait in the gate a long time, and we really owe a lot to the handler. He was able to back him up and get his legs set underneath him and we got a great start.

"I just let him do his thing and stayed out of his way until he got his feet up underneath him, and then I did my thing and went to work," he added. 

Wh Kenny G was bred in Indiana by Ken and Reba George, and he was coming off of a seventh-place finish in a 400-yard, $20,000 open-condition allowance dash at this track on June 20. All told, the gelding has won eight of 18 races, including two stakes, and the $29,095 winner's share of the Bradford Stakes purse pushed his earnings to $202,488.

“He had a really good 2-year-old season and he raced well last year, he just didn’t win any of the big ones,” said Brown. “Everything just came together tonight. He is as good right now as a man can get him.

"There were some big dogs in this race from Oklahoma and Texas, so that’s what makes it even more special to win this race," the trainer added. "It is also a big boost to the Indiana breeding program for an Indiana bred to win an open stakes race like this.”

Jess A Dollar finished third, a neck behind Wh Kenny G, and was followed by Woop Dee Doo, 2-1 favorite My Royal Wagon, Fast N Famous Eagle, Parti Favor, Heza Beach Bum, Fantastic Six Pack, and Bottom Dollar.

Cynthia Allen's Sr Shambles on Saturday recorded the fastest qualifying time for the July 29, $50,000-added Heartland Futurity.

Ridden by James Flores for trainer Jeannette Hoover, Sr Shambles won the last of three 300-yard trials by 1 1/2 lengths in :15.443. The Desirio gelding was winning for the third time in seven outs.

Sr Shambles was coming back in just a week off of his seventh-place finish in the Grade 2, 350-yard Firecracker Futurity at Delta Downs. The gelding was bred in Oklahoma by Jovetta Meridith, and he has banked $17,287.

Click here for a complete list of Heartland Futurity qualifiers.

Also on Saturday, the field of 10 was set for the July 29, $100,000-added Blue River Derby (R) for Indiana-bred sophomores.

Sicario, a gelded son of Jumpn Chic trained by Julio Almanza for owner Adriana G. Almanza, won the second of two 400-yard trials by a half of a length in :19.897. Cristian Esqueda rode the gelding, who was posting his fourth win in eight starts and third victory in as many outs this season.

Sicario was bred by Kevin and Emily Cleary. He has banked $51,750, and he ended his juvenile campaign with a third-place finish in the Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R) at this track.

Click here for a complete list of finalists.

Retama Park
Linda Tobias' Brookside, a homebred 4-year-old daughter of Brookstone Bay trained by Leon Bard, sprinted to a head victory in the $20,000 King William Handicap on Saturday.

Brookside went 350 yards in :17.565 and posted a 104 speed index while racing against a reported 10-mph head wind. Juan Vazquez rode the brown Texas-bred mare.

Brookside is out of I Fly American, a winning homebred daughter of the Jolie's Halo (TB) stallion American Champ (TB). The mare has won six of 11 starts, including four of her last five, and she has earned $51,948. Her two career stakes victories include a neck win in the 400-yard, $28,000 Merial Texas Distaff Challenge Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on April 22.

Zenergetic ran second and was followed by Cobalt Creek, 5-2 favorite A Kool Secret, Mighty Corona Jr, Quic Carter, Wishing Rock, and Boxin Bok.

Wyoming Downs
Gerald F. Kaul's A Toast To Brindis, a homebred son of the Toast To Dash stallion Brindis Por Cayenne and the fourth-fastest qualifier, sprinted to a nose victory in Saturday's $37,100 Wyoming-Bred Futurity (R).

Ridden by Nakia Ramirez for trainer Jesse Villegas, A Toast To Brindis covered 300 yards in :15.527 while posting a 92 speed index. The sorrel gelding has won two of his four outs, and the $12,985 winner's share of the purse from his stakes score pushed his bankroll to $14,994.

A Toast To Brindis is out of A Secret Life, a homebred daughter of the Chicks Beduino stallion Beduinos Secret. The gelding's resume includes a fourth-place run, a half of a length behind winner Tanquery Dash, in the $25,770 Bucking Horse Sale Futurity at Miles City, Montana.

Foose Dust, Innosent Cat, Eyesa Special Cirrus, Super Sonic Moves, Switching To 307, Favorite Fire Boy, and Dust Stone completed the official order of finish. Tenth-fastest qualifier Dp Regal Dynasty was scratched.

Casey Kaul's Vvr Dazzling Corona, a homebred daughter of Coronas Velvet and the fastest qualifier, led all the way to win Sunday's $23,000 Wyoming-Bred Derby (R).

Saddled by Skyler Greene, Vvr Dazzling Corona went 350 yards in :17.453 under jockey Jesus Virgen. The filly's winning margin was one length from fourth-fastests qualifier Eyesa Special Shadow, and she banked the $8,050 winner's share of the purse.

Vvr Dazzling Corona has been campaigned exclusively in the Intermountain region. She has won two of 10 starts and has earned $17,385.

Nowshesfamous ran third, 2 1/2 lengths behind Vvr Dazzling Corona, and was followed by Cd Leave Em Proud, Jerrys Scooter, Smoke N Fame, Brindis Secret Toast, Judys Girl, Pro Paige, Eyesa Special Harper.

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